Middle East and Northern Africa

West Bank and Gaza Strip 2017

Advancing Social Accountability

Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution

 $42,000

To promote government accountability in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The grantee will strengthen youth engagement on advancing social accountability and democratic reform by mentoring three youth watchdog teams and assessing the performance of the Ministry of Health in the governorates of Gaza, Nablus, and Hebron. The organization will lead 10 hearing sessions, conduct six town hall meetings, and produce a final report and a short film on its findings.

 

Building Association Capacity to Advance the Interests Of Palestinian Businesswomen

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $284,856

To build the partner’s capacity as a mission-driven, member-focused organization and to improve inclusive, grassroots advocacy services on behalf of women-led micro-enterprises. The program center will advance strategic leadership and effective management within the partner association, establish a sustainable membership model, and enhance organizational identity and communications. Advocacy training and the development of an issue-based advocacy profile will enhance the association’s representational function.

 

Civic Education through Youth Leadership

Palestinian Initiative for Supporting Students (ESNAD)

 $32,400

To inspire and engage youth in public life through self-development and promote enlightened views on Islam, pluralism, and civil rights among Palestinian youth. The grantee will lead a self-development and civic education training program and pilot civic initiatives for Palestinian youth in the West Bank. It will train 50 Palestinian youth ages 18 to 29 in two four-day training sessions, and then select 20 youth fellows for further training to lead 40 workshops in Tulkarem and Jericho for a period of four months each.

 

Civic Engagement and Accountability in Gaza

Civitas Institute

 $35,900

To engage youth in civic action, oversight, and interaction with national representatives on accountability and anti-corruption. The grantee will design a guide on the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), lead three four-day capacity building courses on the UNCAC’s mechanisms, and support trainees in the development of 15 social audit reports and conduct of 45 awareness sessions for grassroots activists.

 

Civic Participation in Municipal Government V

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $325,000

To enhance municipal officials’ responsiveness to citizen concerns and to foster relationships of trust between citizens and municipal councils. The institute will provide technical assistance to three municipal citizen committees to advocate for citizens’ priorities. The institute will also provide technical and financial assistance to its two partner civil society organizations to build their organizational capacities to engage citizens on issues of concern. Finally, to facilitate community engagement among youth, the institute will build the outreach and leadership capacity of young volunteers active within the partner organizations.

 

Embedding a Culture and Spirit of Democracy

PalThink for Strategic Studies

 $35,000

To inspire and engage youth in public life through self-development and promote enlightened views on Islam, pluralism, and civil rights among Palestinian youth. The grantee will lead a self-development and civic education training program and pilot civic initiatives for Palestinian youth in the West Bank. It will train 50 Palestinian youth ages 18 to 29 in two four-day training sessions, and then select 20 youth fellows for further training to lead 40 workshops in Tulkarem and Jericho for a period of four months each.

 

Expanding Democracy and a Civic Culture

Human Rights and Democracy Media Center (Shams)

 $30,000

To promote democratic and human rights values and norms within sharia colleges in the West Bank. The organization will lead a series of educational and awareness-raising workshops targeting young male and female students and teachers at five sharia faculties. It will hold 10 half-day workshops on religious freedoms in a democratic society, conduct two capacity-building workshops for 20 sharia teachers and 20 sharia students, and mentor local sharia teachers as they lead a minimum of 10 classroom lectures to continue and deepen those discussions.

 

Female Journalists Club

Filastiniyat

 $49,100

To strengthen the role of female journalists in Palestinian media and public life. The grantee will lead 10 two-hour dialogue sessions with stakeholders on relevant political and social issues, conduct two two-day workshops on data visualization and digital security for a minimum of 30 female journalists, and support 72 stories developed and produced by its members.

 

Holding Public Officials Accountable

Safad Advertising Company (Wattan TV)

 $52,800

To promote government accountability to the media and its viewing audience. The grantee will produce and broadcast 24 episodes of a hard-talk television program. The 55-minute recorded program, which will start its eighth season, addresses accountability of ministries and municipalities, as well as civil society officials and decision-makers in political, economic, and social realms.

 

Promoting Rights-focused Leadership in Gaza

Al-Dameer Association for Human Rights

 $30,000

To promote a rights-based culture of youth leadership in the Gaza Strip. The organization will lead six two-day workshops on human rights for 180 university students, and mentor its 190-member youth group, Friends of Al-Dameer. For this group, Al-Dameer will conduct advanced human rights and leadership training, and support members as they lead youth initiatives in their communities.

 

Strengthening Youth Identification of Democratic Priorities

Shashat Women Cinema

 $35,000

To promote civic engagement of disenfranchised youth in the West Bank and Gaza on their priorities for national development. The grantee will promote youth civic awareness and engage them in debates on critical challenges and national development in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The grantee will produce a Youth Status Report (YSR), lead five one-day seminars with stakeholders, solicit feedback on a draft YSR, and hold 20 additional screenings and discussions of its four films.

 

Strengthening Youth’s Critical Debates

AFKAR Organization for Educational and Cultural Development

 $36,900

To promote critical thinking and debates on political and social issues amongst Palestinian youth. The grantee will launch a university debate competition at the Al-Quds and Hebron Universities, and continue competitions launched over the past two years at the Arab American, Bethlehem, Birzeit, and Al-Najah Universities.

 

Towards More Democratic Elections

The Arab World Democracy and Electoral Monitor

 $39,000

To strengthen government representation of and response to citizens’ needs and priorities in the West Bank, with a particular focus on local elections. The organization will lead a national committee and advocacy campaign for the adoption of a new local election law and press for the government’s adherence to it. The group will lead a three-day national workshop on electoral reform, five regional workshops, and a national conference on recommendations.

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